The building of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II actually is the former Palace of the Sultanate of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jayo Badaruddin Wikramo or Sultan Mahmud I (1724-1758). Unfortunately, in 1821, this palace was attacked by Holland. Because of the damaged and there’s no good views, this building was finally demolished on the orders of the Dutch Commissaris Reguring, JLvan Seven Hoven in 1823. In 1825, completely renovated the building and serve as the Commissioner's Office Government of the Netherlands East Indies to southern Sumatra, as well as the office of the Resident. In the years 1942 - 1945, this magnificent building was occupied by the Japanese. But after the proclamation of Indonesian independence, this building belongs to the Republic of Indonesia again. And now, this building has officially become a museum called the Museum of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II. Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II is the perfect place to explore the history of Palembang. From the sriwijaya era, Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, the Dutch colonial era and the Japanese occupation until the beginning of the independence of Indonesia.
The Architecture of the building itself is very unique because it is a combination of the Dutch colonial period and style of the original palace of Palembang that is Limas House. The roof of Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II like limas house roof. This is the picture of Limas house.
Before we enter to this museum, we have to pass a halft of circle upstair, I think this upstair is very unique.
The length of Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II is 32 meters, the wide is 22 meters, and the height is 17 meters. This is the picture of Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin 2 in 1920 era.
The architecture of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II is still original. The difference is only found in the yard of this museum. Long time ago, there are still a lot of trees and grass growing in front of the yard of Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II. But now, the yard of Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II have been already changed by cement floor and there are only a few of plant. This is the picture of Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II in this era.
This is one of the parts in Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II.
The floor from this museum made by boards. This museum has high windows and doors. The door from this museum is very unique because there is original carving from Palembang in the top of the door. This picture are the door and the window in museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II.
In this museum you can enjoy around 556 collections of historic objects, such as Numismatika Collection , Etnografika Collection, Keramologika Collection , Art Collections, arkeologika Collection, and Biologika Collection. This is the picture collection of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II.